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Another Levante Upset?

Posted by Marcello Messina on 2/11/2012 10:37:55 PM

image credit:Paolo Camera

            What looks like a pretty unimportant soccer lines match between Real Madrid and Levante might turn competitive quickly in Madrid’s efforts to stay atop the standings in La Liga.

Sunday February 12th marks the second matchup between these two teams, and although both of their squads seem to be heading in different directions, Levante was able to hold on for the 1-0 victory last time around.

            Other than Barcelona, Levante remains the only other team to have beaten Real Madrid this season in all competition. Could this have been just a fluke or is there more to the score sheet? Unlike the weeks leading up to the first leg, Levante has not faired very well in La Liga soccer lines as of late and have failed to win since early December - they have gone 0-3-3 in that time span. Yet, a certain Ivorian striker, Arouna Kone, refuses to let that get in their way of beating the league leaders for the second time this season (something no other team has been able to do thus far). Kone went on to state:

"We are desperate to go and win in the Santiago Bernabeu. We have beaten Madrid here and they are waiting for us. We have the opportunity, we have to be compact and I am sure that if we can keep the score to 0-0 early on then we can do some damage to Madrid."
            Clearly Levante is looking to stick to the same tactics they used to beat La Liga’s leaders in the first leg of the soccer lines season, but will they find success the second time around? Let us not forget that Real has gone 6-0 since mid-December and have only lost one match since late September, going 16-1 in the mentioned time frame. Let us also not forget that their one loss in 17 games was at the hands of their rivals, Barcelona - and Levante is not on the same level as either team as of late.

Messina Mention: Is the upset probable? No. Is it possible? … Still going with no. Levante has only been able to put up 27 goals in 21 games, an output that won’t favor them against a Madrid team that’s been firing on all cylinders. Look for a 3-0 Madrid win with 2 of the goals coming in the first half. Levante should keep eyes and legs on Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzima to keep it tied in the first half and even stand a chance in this one. Aside from pride, there’s also a much needed 3 points at the end of this one for Madrid; 3 points that will help to distance themselves from their rivals - Barcelona - even more.


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